Tree leaves are covering the London pavements and we rolled back the clocks last week to daylight savings.
Last week we were invited to a secret venue in Soho by Nike Sportswear who unveiled the new Tech Pack Armoury collection in a fully immersive experience.
What's the Tech Pack Armoury?
Think of it like an re-engineered and redesigned range of the Tech Pack Aeroloft outerwear and Sneakerboot collections with the aim of getting you ready comes wind, rain and snow.
So what are we waiting for? Let's test them!
At the venue we got kitted out and a super friendly Nike EKIN took us through a guided experiment to test out the wearbility, sturdiness and breathability of the gear.
First stop the SNOW MACHINE!
Remember when London is hit by a quarter of an inch of snow and suddenly everything comes to a stand-still. You have to walk on slippery pavement (because the council has run out of grit) holding onto trees for dear life, wrapped up in layers of clothing like an onion to find yourself stripping out as soon as you are on the tube?
OK, we were not put through a real Arctic blizard but the snow simulator allowed us to experience the wearability of the Aeroloft jackets whilst having a snow fight and star jumps in there. The Sneakerboots, with increased grooves, had a sure grip and strong ankle support.
End result, check it for yourself:
At the end of the day, apart from ending up with a messed up hair style, the Tech Aeroloft jackets proved their point: super cool style, lightweight and the down filling keeps you warm without you being trapped in a man-made sauna thanks to the multiple perforations between the baffles.
At the end Nike Sportswear has put on a real treat for us with the Tech Pack Armoury.
It was a showcase of sharp style at the heart of practical and creative wearables, be it outerwear with the Aeroloft range and/or footwear with the Sneakerboot range.
You won't have any excuse left to go out there, enjoy your city and push your limits.
What to do next:
- download the Tech Pack Armoury app on iTune and Android to dicover the range
- it is a more expensive range in the Nike family but do look at it as an investment. So break the piggy bank or ask Santa for an early present, you won't regret it.
We first came across GloFaster as part of Harrods fitness week "Happy New You". We had such a great time at the spin class led by Simon Weatherall and were so intrigued by his brand that we decided to catch up with the man behind this revolutionary wearable performance technology.
Strength & Stretches: Firstly, could you tell us about your background ?
Simon Weatherall: My background is that I was a Royal Marine Commando and served in active operations 4 times including the Iraq invasion in 2003. I then become a personal trainer, I co-founded a website called Oobafit which i'm still involved with but now work full-time as CEO of Glofaster.
S&S: What inspired you to create GloFaster?
SW: I created a suit for my son George as I felt there was a need for safety in running clothes, I had great feedback so included a heart rate function which would tell you how hard your working.
S&S: So... how does this really work?
SW: Our clothing uses simple light signals to let you know whether you are at the right heart rate, power output, distance or time zone for your training routine. They will flash if you're behind time or target, and stay on when you are 'in the zone'.
How is the technology behind GloFaster helping improve performance?
SW: It can show you instantly how hard your working which means you can react without thinking, if your lights flash your out of the zone and when they stay on it means your zone is reached. The tech behind the product is far more advanced but simply it allows you to join and connect with runners all around the world.
S&S: There are quite a lot of wearable sport technology items available, what difference does Glofaster bring?
SW: Everything else is about reading your data afterwards Glofaster is about truly wearable tech that allows you to understand your data instantly by delivering it in an instinctive way, syncing it with your senses.
S&S: You managed to successfully launch your own brand- any advice for aspiring entrepreneurs in the fitness industry?
SW: You can't be a personal trainer forever! So think long term if your in it for the long game, work really hard and be true to your beliefs and have your own Goals its not all about your clients!
S&S: Is the range easy to use if you're a technology novice like me?
SW: Yes the range is really simple to use as it has a iphone app, the point is we want to make it intuative and instinctive.
S&S: Could you tell us how you took the decision to give some of the profits to the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund?
SW: I was a marine so it is nice to give something back.
S&S: Finally, what are the next step?
SW: We have only just started and we aim to be the Apple of the Wearable Technology World!
We wish them good luck and we will following this promising new brand closely!